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The New Church


The present day church is found itself running the race to keep up with spreading the gospel to a wide variety of age groups. In this day of fast paced information the church needs to keep to its traditional foundation of the fellowship and worship in the sanctuary. This does not mean we can not be creative in reaching to the different age groups.

I have attended a couple of the “super” churches. They appear to have many ministries going on for their members. The music and message is great and contemporary theme. You could see the love of God in the faces of the members. Most of these churches have small study groups that break up and form small study groups. This is a fast growing style of church concept.

I have noticed that the “Traditional” churches are having two different Sunday services. They will have a Traditional at one time and a Contemporary at another. This is to appease the different ages. I do notice that these churches have a varying range of sizes.

Now there is the “Internet Church”. They offer virtual communion and baptism. I am not so sure about this “virtual” stuff because we are to fellowship with one another. I can only picture someone in their robe on Sunday sitting in their Lazy-boy with the laptop on yelling “Amen” to the sermon. And drinking their coffee as sacraments? Well maybe it’s not that bad but who knows. This church in my opinion is a” drive up window” church.

With all these changes in the church as a whole to try and bridge the age gap I see most are holding true to the foundation of first churches. I want to give you an excerpt from a book by Dr. Malcolm Tolbert, Walking With the Lord:

Much of the tension of our times is produced by the conflict between the old and the new. Many young people arbitrarily reject the past and all that is associated with it. The religion, morality, ideas, goals, and anything else belonging to other generations are thrown out the window.

On the other hand, other people, bewildered by the rapid changes and the revolutionary temper of our times, react instinctively against anything new. Even when the old is patiently inadequate for a new set of circumstances, they refuse to relinquish it. These two extremes are irrevocably hostile and irreconcilable. They stand on either side of an unbridgeable chasm rather than a generation gap.

Only if we are able to discover the meaningful relationship between the present and the past are we going to be able to come to grips with our problem in a way that will help us face the future with hope and optimism. This is especially true with the Christian faith.

Of course we can not believe that God is a prisoner to some past age. He is in fact not of history but a living, dynamic, contemporary power. He is active and involved in His world. For this reason Christian groups responsive to God will be forward-moving and creative.

Wherever God is, He is not back there in some idealized age of the past. He is out there-always out there, ahead of us. Fresh insights fresh understanding of God and His purposes are still granted to persons who are really sensitive to what God is doing in the world.

At the same time, we cannot believe God has been dormant in the past and has just now been aroused to activity. Such a God would be no God at all. Nor can we justly conclude that there was nothing authentic in the experiences of the past. Whatever God is doing today must have some relationship to what He has been doing all along. There was a beginning back there. Something happen that called the church into being .Christians cannot truly appreciate their relationship to God and what God would do through them until they see them in connection with what God did in the beginning. Whatever the church does in the present of future, it must be true to what happened when it all started.


          I believe we as the church must move in the direction of the future. I welcome fresh ideas and new perspectives on how to spread the gospel. Though I don’t think the virtual communion and virtual baptism is what Dr. Tolbert was trying to express when he wrote, God will be forward-moving and creative. God wants us to fellowship with each other. This is where we grow and learn. Christian growth is not in a vacuum. It is by fellowship with others Christians and sharing the Word of God.

          The church is living and growing. We need to embrace the new ideas to spread the Gospel and to get others to come and fellowship with us.

     Published by bro. Bob Stucker